For our third and final interview from our visit to the set of The Happytime Murders, I bring you a discussion with producer/co-writer and Melissa McCarthy’s close collaborator Ben Falcone. In a roundtable interview, Falcone talked about how good the screenplay was on first read, the strange world-building of the movie, the difficulties in making an R-rated puppet comedy, making raunchy comedy that isn’t mean-spirited, how inactive puppets look like they’ve died, and how a puppet set is different from a regular set.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, Melissa McCarthy takes the spotlight with a breakdown from a scene from her new comedy Life of the Party. Plus, the film’s director Ben Falcone gives the Anatomy of a Scene featuring the comedian in fantastic 1980s garb, and McCarthy stops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for a new edition of Public Access from her hometown. Read More »
Melissa McCarthy is pursuing a higher education. And if that means getting high in the process, so be it. The actress makes her third collaboration with husband and director Ben Falcone in the Life of the Party trailer, which follows a freshly divorced mom who decides to reinvigorate her life by heading back to college.
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Melissa McCarthy is reteaming with her husband Ben Falcone for the action-comedy Super-Intelligence. That will make this their fourth feature film together as actress and director — and that doesn’t even count the numerous times he’s made a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo in one of her comedies. Read More »
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We haven’t seen Melissa McCarthy on the big screen since the Ghostbusters reboot arrived in theaters in the summer of 2016. But now she’s back with a new summer comedy that will take her back to school.
Life of the Party finds Melissa McCarthy playing a housewife named Deanna who just got dumped by her husband. Realizing that she never followed through on her dreams of completing college, she decides to enroll in the same university as her daughter and live the college life she never got a chance to enjoy in her younger years. But as the first Life of the Party trailer shows, that creates a bit of an embarrassing situation for Deanna’s daughter. Read More »
Making a holiday movie is rite of passage for on-screen talents in Hollywood. Eventually, almost every actor or actress makes an attempt at starring in a holiday movie because it’s one of those things that’s guaranteed to bring in residual checks every years when networks air them around Thanksgiving and Christmas. That time has come for Melissa McCarthy.
The breakout supporting star of Bridesmaids has turned into quite the leading lady as one of the most talented and popular female comedy stars on the scene right now. Now, Melissa McCarthy will take her star power to Christmas with a holiday musical comedy called Margie Claus. Read More »
If you’ve ever wanted a movie that married the reality-blending dark comedy of Who Killed Roger Rabbit with a classic Jim Henson muppet production, you’re in luck. Puppet noir The Happytime Murders is in the works (again) with an incredibly capable comedy actress.
Melissa McCarthy will star in The Happytime Murders, a noir puppet comedy directed by Brian Henson about a world in which humans and puppets warily co-exist. McCarthy will play a human detective who is forced to work with an alcoholic, disgraced puppet detective to figure out who is brutally murdering the former puppet cast members of The Happytime Gang, a beloved children’s show.
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Posted on Friday, February 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
Melissa McCarthy may not be returning for the Gilmore Girls revival, to the endless disappointment of Gilmore Girls fans, but don’t worry — she’s got plenty of other stuff to keep her busy in the coming months. Not only will she appear as one of the new fab four in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot, she’s also starring in The Boss, which reunites her with her Tammy director (and real-life husband) Ben Falcone.
McCarthy plays Michelle Darnell, a hotshot CEO whose extravagant lifestyle comes crashing down when she’s arrested for insider trading. She emerges from prison disgraced and discouraged, but finds an unlikely path back to the top in the form of Girl Scout cookies. Or rather, “Darnell’s Darlings Brownies.” Kristen Bell plays Michelle’s reluctant business partner, and Peter Dinklage shows up as… unclear, but the role involves him wielding a sword. Watch The Boss red-band trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
Melissa McCarthy seemingly can do no wrong when it comes to the box office, and she’ll try to continue her hot streak next year with two more new comedies. We’ve already heard all about one of them, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot, and today we finally have a first look at the other.
The Boss stars McCarthy as, well, the boss. Not as in Bruce Springsteen, but as in the epitome of every terrible, shady, ruthless corporate boss that sank the economy. After Michelle Darnell is finally convicted for insider trading, she re-emerges from prison ready to start fresh. The comedy is directed by McCarthy’s frequent collaborator (and real-life husband) Ben Falcone, who also directed her in Tammy.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
In just a few short years, Melissa McCarthy has proven herself to be a major box office draw. This summer, she’ll put that appeal to the test again with her passion project Tammy. Her husband Ben Falcone directed the dark comedy, from a script they wrote together.
The plot centers on (you guessed it) McCarthy’s Tammy, a woman who’s just hit rock bottom. She’s desperate to get out of town, but she’s just crashed her car and doesn’t have any money. So she agrees to go on a road trip with her alcoholic grandma (Susan Sarandon), who wants to see Niagara Falls. The first teaser did a good job of setting the tone of the film; now check out the rest of the Tammy trailer, which lays out more of the story.
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